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The Jewish Report Editorial

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    You have the right to know

    Aug 16, 2018 Go comment!
    When I learnt that the case of Dr Steven Levy was back in front of the Health Professions Council of South Africa’s legal committee, this time to appeal the sentence, I felt queasy. In fact, that feeling had little to do with outcome, and everything to do with the reaction of the community to our last story about this man.
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    Join us in supporting #NoPlaceForHate

    Aug 10, 2018 Go comment!
    The SA Jewish Report fully endorses the Cape Board of Deputies’ #NoPlaceForHate campaign. We hope the whole community supports it, ensuring that it gets the full might and impact that we bring.
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    Gupta Minyan quotes have me unglued

    Aug 02, 2018 Go comment!
    I got a call earlier this week from a rabbi for whom I have huge respect asking me what it was like to be used by other journalists to promote anti-Semitism.
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    Standing by the values we hold

    Jul 26, 2018 1 Comment
    It was heart-warming to witness a sea of South African faces as far as my eye could see, as I watched the South African Friends of Israel (SAFI) march to the Union Buildings this week. I was watching the march as it was being livestreamed on Facebook from Pretoria, as we put this newspaper to bed on Wednesday. I was choked up to see the huge support Israel has in South Africa.
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    May your choices reflect your hopes…

    Jul 19, 2018 Go comment!
    “Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed towards the sun, one’s feet moving forward.” It seems so fitting to start my editorial with a quote from South Africa’s late president and icon, Nelson Mandela, who would have been 100 this week.
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    Doing it because it is the right thing to do

    Jul 12, 2018 Go comment!
    When I was incensed that an Iranian teenager, Maedeh Hojabri, was arrested for putting videos of herself dancing on social media, people looked at me quizzically. I was then so thrilled to see that people around the world supported her and I, too, wanted to do my bit.
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    Before we start packing for Perth…

    Jul 05, 2018 2 Comments
    South African Jewry is concerned that anti-Semitism is not just rising, but spiking. The South African Jewish Board of Deputies this week laid criminal charges against three people for hate speech.
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    Do something about crime and unemployment

    Jun 28, 2018 1 Comment
    I remember the special times I went strawberry picking at Mooiberge farm in Stellenbosch. First, my in-laws took us, and we ate almost as many strawberries as we collected. It’s a fabulous thing to do while holidaying in the Western Cape. Then, when our kids were little, they loved it too. I recall my youngest with his face covered with strawberry juice as he toddled around, laughing and playing between the rows of bushes. It was wonderful family time.
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    Yet another pro-Israel voice taken down

    Jun 21, 2018 Go comment!
    I was hoping to steer clear of the anti-Israel lobby in South Africa this week and tackle something completely different. It is getting repetitive.
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    Time to stand up and be counted

    Jun 14, 2018 Go comment!
    Hearing a woman tell me that she and her family “feel so at home and comfortable with Jewish people” was quite astonishing for me, especially as she is Christian, and has no obvious ties to the community. I had known her from a distance, but she came to chat to me at a function. She went on to tell me that she really wants her son to go to King David School.
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    We don’t go out the back door

    Jun 07, 2018 Go comment!
    Jewish people in South Africa have nothing to hide, and we certainly don’t have to be shamed into going out the back door.
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    Israel is not in Gaza!

    May 31, 2018 1 Comment
    It was not yet 7am in Israel on Tuesday morning when mortar and rocket fire rained down on the southern part of the country. As many as 120 were said to have been fired from Gaza.
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    Jumping into the mouth of the social media monster

    May 24, 2018 Go comment!
    We so often get asked why we are not more involved in social media and told that we need to up our game. The people asking are 100% correct – this is truly an area in which the SA Jewish Report needs to improve on. And our new CEO, Dani Kedar, is working hard on this.
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    Don’t force us to turn on Israel!

    May 17, 2018 2 Comments
    I keep wishing this week had been a bad dream rather than reality for the South African Jewish community, and that we would wake up and everything that has been said and done in the wake of the Gaza border killings was erased.
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    Waking up on Mother’s Day

    May 10, 2018 Go comment!
    I thoroughly enjoy spoiling my mother on Mother’s Day. There is something about having a special day that belongs to her (and me now, as a mom) that makes it an occasion. And I have to admit to loving the extra special attention my boys give me on this day.
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    From May Day to Lag B’Omer via the Israeli-Palestinian situation

    May 03, 2018 Go comment!
    The only time I celebrated May Day, or Workers’ Day, was in Israel. This was way back in 1988 and I was with a Habonim kvutzat aliya on Kibbutz Sdot Yam. Our group had been in Israel for only a few months.
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    Good or bad? That is the question

    Apr 26, 2018 Go comment!
    “What a revolting person she is! And here I was so impressed by her beauty and acting ability, I thought she was a good person. She sure has shown her true colours!” This was a titbit from a conversation I overheard while walking past a restaurant in Norwood this week. This woman was going on about Israeli-born Hollywood actress Natalie Portman. And her friend was agreeing.
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    Dreaming of taking the bitter out of this bitter-sweet week

    Apr 19, 2018 Go comment!
    This is a bitter-sweet week, in which we celebrate Israel’s milestone 70th birthday but also remember the 23 646 soldiers and 3 134 terror victims who lost their lives in ensuring Israel’s security.
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    The lessons we learn from the Shoah

    Apr 12, 2018 Go comment!
    This Yom Hashoah, there are fewer survivors left. I am stating the obvious as the Holocaust began 85 years ago and ended 73 years ago. So, the youngest survivors are likely to be in the winter of their lives. Having had the toughest start in this world, living past 80 is a very long life.
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    Breaking out of bondage

    Mar 29, 2018 Go comment!
    For most of us, Pesach is a time for family, time to slow down, clean up and be attuned to our Judaism and to what makes us different. It is also a time to consider where we are at in terms of our freedom and to be grateful for what we have.
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